UTAH VACCINATIONS

Utah Pediatrician Encourages Parents To Get Teens Vaccinated

May 17, 2021, 6:03 PM | Updated: 11:14 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A top pediatrician in Utah has urged parents to get their children vaccinated now that the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized in the U.S. for children 12 years of age and older.

Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah and director of epidemiology at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, said the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks of catching COVID-19.

He said it was an important step to protecting the community from the virus.

In a media briefing on vaccines Monday, Pavia said the ability to vaccinate teens 12 to 18 years old was some of the best news we’ve had during the pandemic, and it’s time for teens to take advantage of the benefits.

“The benefits of getting vaccinated for 12 and up are really pretty clear,” he said.

He acknowledged that children are at lower risk of severe disease from COVID-19, but he said low risk doesn’t mean no risk.

More than 400 children have been hospitalized with the virus in Utah, and health officials said they were investigating two deaths that may be COVID-related.

Pavia said the virus can be miserable for kids.

“They don’t want to be fatigued and failing out of their classes and not able to compete in their sports for several months,” said Pavia.

The Pfizer vaccine has been made available for children across the state and is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19.

Pavia said there was another benefit to the vaccine.

“They get to return to a pretty normal life,” said Pavia. “No masks, you can go away to camp, you can hang out with your friends.”

The vaccine can also give parents peace of mind.

“By being vaccinated, they protect people around them,” said Pavia. “They help bring the pandemic to an end. They protect their circle of friends, some of who may be at high risk of disease — their relatives, their grandparents and their community.”

Pavia said there were side effects with any vaccine. So far, the most severe side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said, were very rare.

If the parents have been vaccinated, he said, they know about the sore arm and potentially some flu-like symptoms that last about 24 hours.

Pavia also shared his assessment of the vaccination campaign in Utah.

“We’re doing a pretty good job, but we shouldn’t fool ourselves to think that we’re among the best states out there in vaccination,” he said.

Pavia said he would give the state of Utah a B- as only 54% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while other states are approaching 60%.

“If we were the Jazz, we would say — you know, that’s not good enough, that’s not first place. We need to do better,” he said.

Despite the B- rating, Pavia thinks the way the vaccines were rolled out in Utah was very thoughtful and well planned out. He said the scheduling statewide helped eliminate the potential for long lines. Now, however, he said we are in an outreach phase of the campaign, which is more difficult.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Vaccinations

2022 FLU SHOT...
Brenda Goodman, CNN

2022 Flu vaccine appears to be a very good match, CDC says

(CNN) — This year’s flu shot appears to be “a very good match” to the circulating strains, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a news briefing Monday. However, she noted that flu vaccinations are lagging behind the pace of previous years. Through the end of October, CDC data showed […]
2 months ago
flu shot tripledemic...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: The rise of respiratory viruses and COVID’s impact

It’s not even winter yet, and the CDC is warning that the country is experiencing a resurgence of respiratory viruses, which are taking a toll on hospitals and children.
2 months ago
RSV and flu...
Deidre McPhillips, CNN

Flu season intensifies, holiday gatherings could make it worse

Americans gathered for Thanksgiving last week amid a flu season that's worse than any has been in more than a decade, and experts continue to urge caution as multiple respiratory viruses circulate at high levels nationwide.
2 months ago
Evusheld...
Elizabeth Cohen and Naomi Thomas, CNN

COVID-19 medicine for immunocompromised patients is losing effectiveness

Judy Salins considers herself a smart, empowered patient, but until this week, she had no idea that the medicine she takes to defend herself against Covid-19 isn't protecting her as well as it used to.
3 months ago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
4 months ago
Only 50% of Utans are vaccinated and cases are surging because of the Omicron variant BA.5. FILE PH...
Jed Boal

BA.5 variant driving new surge of Utah COVID-19 cases

President Joe Biden’s positive Covid case Thursday was a sober reminder that Utah is not done fending off COVID-19 in many communities.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Utah Pediatrician Encourages Parents To Get Teens Vaccinated